Tyler Roberts joins QPR on loan

TYLER Roberts has joined QPR on a season-long loan from Leeds United.

The 23-year-old striker becomes Michael Beale’s third summer signing following the arrivals of Jake Clarke-Salter and Kenneth Paal.

Roberts, who came through at West Brom before signing for the Whites in January 2018, is now relishing the season ahead in W12.

“I’m very excited,” Tyler told www.qpr.co.uk. “At this stage in my career, I want to play as many games as I can and this is a great club to come and do that at.

“I can feel the buzz around the place ahead of the new season with the new gaffer.

“I had a chat with him and his enthusiasm towards the game is clear. He’s got a great track record with improving young players and he wants to play football in the right way.

“He feels that now is the time for me to really push on in my career — and so do I.”

Roberts has made more than 50 appearances in the Championship with Leeds and was part of their title-winning squad of 2019/20.

He said: “I think everyone enjoys being involved in the Championship – whether you’re watching or playing.

“I am young but I’ve played Championship football for two seasons, obviously winning promotion with Leeds.

“The division is full of ups and downs but as long as we stick together, I’m sure good times will follow.”

The Wales international will be eyeing up potential involvement in the Qatar World Cup in November and knows performing for QPR will be critical to that.

“I think that gives me an extra little bit of hunger, on top of what I already have,” Tyler explained.

“It would be a massive career achievement for me to go to the World Cup – but to go I know I need to be playing my best football.”

R’s head coach Beale is pleased with the latest addition to his squad, saying: “I am delighted to bring Tyler in.

“I spoke with him about his future. He had a lot of other offers but he wanted to come here which was massive.”

Beale admits he is excited by the potential and versatility of his new signing, explaining: “He fits our profile really well.

“He is very flexible, is at a fantastic age and already has excellent experience.

“I like hybrid forwards. I would say Chris Willock is a hybrid forward – he can play wide, he can play through the middle and he can play as a ten.

“Ilias is the same – he can play on both sides and drop into the middle. Tyler fits into that as well.

“I knew him as a kid playing as a center-forward when he was coming through at West Brom, and at Leeds he has been used in all of those attacking positions.

“I can see him as a nine and I can see him as a ten with Chris, Ilias and the other options we have.

“He gives us a lot of options in the final third to play with the players we have got. He isn’t coming in to replace anyone, he is coming here to enhance what we already have.

“It’s exciting.”

Beale also feels the pending World Cup can only be good for QPR.

“Players in our squad are looking at it, like Ilias with Morocco and Seny with Senegal,” said the R’s chief. “There are going to be a lot of players up and down the leagues looking forward to that but they all know they have to do well with their club teams to get picked.

“Tyler fits into that. He wants to put himself right at the forefront of (Wales manager) Rob Page’s mind.”

He gives us a lot of options in the final third to play with the players we have got.

Michael Baile



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